Cargo theft has impacted nearly every industry, from paper products to televisions. Experts estimate that cargo and equipment theft costs 30 to 50 billion annually worldwide. Security is a necessity today; with the nation on heightened security alert, the transportation industry must be prepared. By its very nature, the transportation industry places goods in a more vulnerable environment than when they are at a shipper’s or receiver’s facility. It’s not like having your goods in a warehouse; you cannot post a security guard, install lights or a closed circuit TV or build a fence around your freight. Expensive freight is moved along highways and by sea everyday and physical security devices and new tracking devices are becoming more of a necessity for trucking and container companies. New security procedures and rising insurance costs are also driving companies to secure their fleet. Before 9/11 companies would lock and seal only some loads that were deemed high value, and accepted theft as a cost of doing business. Today many security conscious companies have taken steps to combat theft of their equipment and products. These security procedures range from “low tech” physical security devices to “high tech” tracking devices. These devices are becoming more affordable, allowing companies to develop security programs incorporating one or both of these security devices, and drastically reducing the number of thefts among their company.
Physical Security Solutions
High security locks and seals are not a luxury item for transportation companies anymore. Physical security has become an effective tool in preventing cargo theft within the transportation industries security programs. Companies using high quality padlocks, king pin locks, air cuff locks and seal guard locks have effectively prevented cargo thefts.
When choosing a physical security device, a company must take into consideration their: fleet, equipment and employees. High security locks must be of high quality and be flexible to the companies needs. The physical security company’s products and reputation must also be reliable to ensure compatibility and service of those locks in the future. These steps along with a solid company policy will ensure a seamless security program.
High security padlocks must be resistant to physical attack and being picked. These locks also must be able to withstand the harsh environments that containers and trailers are exposed to. These padlocks also need to be user friendly, allowing the company to set up a system that is flexible, yet provides the utmost security for their equipment. Characteristics of a good high security lock allow for master keying systems and restricted keyways, limiting the possibility for unauthorized duplication of keys.
In addition to securing rear trailer doors, companies must evaluate their need to secure unattended drop trailers and terminal trailers. There are many options including providing a secure drop yard for loaded trailers, which minimizes theft occurrence. High security king pin locks can be used to prevent unauthorized fifth wheel hook ups to trailers. Effective king pin locks should be able to be keyed into a company’s master keying system, allowing for added security. High security king pin locks should be constructed of heavy duty steel and be resistant to physical attack and be pick resistant.
Transport Security, Inc. supplies both trailer and tractor high security locks that meet the security demands of the transportation industries.
The ENFORCER Adjustable Lock for example, is a portable heavy duty lock that consists of 10 gauge chrome plated spring steel body and the locking component is surrounded with cast iron, preventing tampering. This device allows for a tight fit on virtually all containers and trailers and is secured with an ABLOY lock that provides superior performance in weather and is highly resistant to physical attack.